June 2021 Newsletter
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37,507 Pounds of Materials Collected at Earth Day CHaRM Event
To celebrate Earth Day in April and provide a special service to the Lincoln community, the Nebraska Recycling Council joined forces with Nebraska Innovation Campus, Tetrad Property Group, Sadoff E-Recycling and Data Destruction, Lincoln Goodwill, Interstate All Battery, Plastilite, and Shredding Solutions. Together, we collected a total of 37,507 pounds of materials! Serving 300 vehicles, we are thankful to our 7 volunteers, staff members, and vendor representatives who dedicated their time and resources to unloading, sorting, directing traffic, and keeping everyone safe. And an extra thank you to the vendors who have since measured the amounts collected and are continuing to process them for recycling and reuse.

If you were unable to drop off your materials at our collection event, check out our vendors' websites above for information on their services. You can also check our Nebraska Recycling Guide for more recyclers near you!
For further breakdown of materials collected, read more:
Let's Talk About Recycling and Accessibility with Hillary Scanlon and Gloria Eddins Thursday July 8th Noon to 1 PM. Nebraska Recycling Council logo. Waste Nothing. Pictured are Hillary with her dog and Gloria in her wheelchair.
Let's Talk About Recycling and Accessibility
FREE Webinar
Thursday, July 8th
Noon-1PM CST

The Nebraska Recycling Council will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, July 8 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. CST on accessibility and recycling. This webinar will feature two panelists, Hillary Scanlon, Founder and CEO of STILSOLUTIONS in Toronto, Canada, and Gloria Eddins, the ADA Coordinator for the State of Nebraska. According to the CDC, 25.6% of adults in the United States live with a disability. In Nebraska, 22.2% of adults live with a disability. We will hear from two women with physical disabilities on what their experience as a citizen has been with recycling, to name and address the barriers to making recycling accessible, and discuss recommendations and solutions for increasing access to recycling for people with disabilities. This is an important topic for the recycling industry to consider, and we are excited to welcome Hillary and Gloria into conversation next month!
Nominate a Recycling Champion
Do you know of a stellar organization that pushes recycling to the next level? Psst...it's ok if it's you and you'd like some bragging rights!. At our conference in October, NRC will present awards to member organizations in the categories of Commonwealth, End Market, Green Team, Advocacy, and Waste Diversion.
Be an Early Bird - Get a Discount & Treat!
Don't forget, early bird registration is happening NOW with a special treat for the first 25 registrants to use during our networking sessions! Get a $15 discount (on top of the 10% discount if you're a member) now through August 16th.
Member Spotlight: SEW Nebraska
This is part of a series of interviews with NRC members. The purpose is to provide insights into materials management programs and best practices of member municipalities, businesses, and service providers.
SEW Nebraska tent at the Lincoln Farmer's Market. Jennifer Murrell stands with products made from reused textiles.
SEW Nebraska at the Farmers' Market
SEW Nebraska, which stands for “sustainable, eco-friendly work,” is the sister company to the Black Market Clothing Exchange that launders and repairs items for resale. The BMCE is a resale company that buys, sells, and trades clothing. The BMCE started in 2004 in downtown Lincoln and is currently at 5740 Old Cheney in a smaller boutique called the Glamhouse. The SEW recovers textile waste from the BMCE by repurposing the material into new products such as dog beds and covers, household goods such as hot pads, and other fashion accessories such as scrunchies. The SEW also sells B quantity items to the public through a brick-and-mortar 91 Cent Sale.

We spoke with Jennifer Murrell of SEW Nebraska to get an inside look at the SEW’s history and practices.
Early Bird Available Until June 21st for the Compost Operations Training Course
About COTC
This week-long course focuses on giving you the knowledge you need to run a successful composting facility, whether you’re just getting started or have been composting for a while.

In addition to in-depth lectures, the course provides hands-on practice through indoor and outdoor activities as well as tours to local facilities, where the theories meet reality.

Early Bird Offered
$100 OFF if you register by June 21ST

Scholarships are Available!
For more information and to apply visit https://forms.gle/6pXKmKwWeN5uJp369.
The Television Event Decades in the Making
It’s time the dangerous lead in your old television set entered The Twilight Zone. Recycle your old CRT (Cathode Ray Tubes) TVs, CRT monitors, and other electronics properly with FREE* recycling at a CRT Amnesty event happening near you!

*Details at RecycleYourOldTV.org

CRT Amnesty Events scheduled for June:
6/10 - Nebraska City | 2-6pm
6/12 - Lincoln | 9am-1pm
6/19 - Chadron | 8am-12pm
NRC Receives Two Grants from the Nebraska Environmental Trust
NRC was awarded funding for two grants at the April board meeting of the Nebraska Environmental Trust for the July 2021-June 2022 grant cycle. NRC’s projects are two of 113 projects that will receive $18,350,515 in lottery proceeds for natural resource work in Nebraska. This is the 28th year of grants from the Trust, which has provided over $349 million dollars in lottery revenue to preserve and protect the air, water and land of our state.
Webinars & Events
Environmental Benefits Calculators: How They Work & How They Can Help 
Free Webinar | June 8th (TODAY!) | 1 - 2:30 PM | REGISTER

The Spectrum of Approaches to U.S. Packaging EPR: From Reimbursement to Full Responsibility
Free Webinar | June 17th | Noon - 1:30 PM | REGISTER

USCC Compostable Products Workshop & Summit
June 17, 24th & July 15th 2021 | Learn More
Articles of Interest
As federal elected officials debate significant investments in the nation’s infrastructure, recycling and composting stakeholders are pushing them to steer some of that money into materials recovery.

We are now at a critical point in accumulating waste plastic. While this poses a significant challenge for the earth, there might be opportunities in it as well.
Recently Added to NRC's Community Toolkit
Tidbit of the Month

Starting with Myth #1: Recycling is hard.

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